Although some macular holes heal on their own without treatment, in many cases, surgery is necessary to improve vision.
What percentage of macular holes heal themselves?
Without treatment, about half of Stage I macular holes will progress. Partial-thickness holes (Stage II). Without treatment, about 70 percent of Stage II macular holes will progress.
How long does it take for a macular hole to heal?
In the 7 to 10 days after the operation, the gas bubble slowly starts to shrink. As this happens, the space that was taken up by the gas fills with the natural fluid made by your eye, and your vision should start to improve. It generally takes 6 to 8 weeks for the gas to be absorbed and vision to improve.
Do macular holes get worse?
Left untreated, a macular hole can worsen over time. Macular holes occur in three stages: Foveal detachments — about 50 percent worsen without treatment. Partial-thickness holes — about 70 percent worsen without treatment.
How common are macular holes?
Macular holes are most common in people age 60 or older and seem to be more common in women.